‘This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad.’
He is Risen, Alleluia!
As Archbishop Peter reminded us in his Easter Sunday message
it was Mary Magdalene who first saw the risen Jesus. It was Mary who first
recognised him and was the first to be named and sent by him. "Mary rightly is the first apostle, the one called and
sent to proclaim Jesus Christ, risen from the dead," Archbishop Peter
says. "Yet, all of this happened quietly, and away from the public gaze
that had marked the suffering and death of the world’s Saviour. Jesus did not
return to his people in a blaze of publicity; but quietly, gently, personally –
he called Mary by name.
"Easter is a word that re-created the world. Christians
have not been able to gather physically to participate in the Easter Ceremonies
this year. … Yet, that first word Jesus spoke at his resurrection – a name on
the lips of God – he is now speaking into this storm that has engulfed us.
Overwhelmed, disoriented and fearful as we might feel, a calm, clear and tender
voice is calling our name.”
In these strange days of physical isolation, we
are consoled by Jesus' resurrection and meeting with Mary – a sure sign of how
we might make our way through these days of suffering. While we cannot gather
physically as a faith community, we are encouraged to spend
time with the Lord in other ways such as personal prayer, studying the
Scriptures and participating in Mass online.